With Apple’s unprecedented success in the retail space, it’s no wonder that other businesses have tried to emulate. By now you’ve likely heard of the string of fake Apple Stores that have been springing up over the last few months.

While the previous counterfeits we’ve seen were located in China, apparently that’s not the only place harboring fakes. Reuters reports that there’s a couple of knock off stores located here in the States, and Apple is going after these faux retail outlets…

Unlike the other fake Apple stores we’ve seen, these two locations don’t look at all like copycat shops. And they’re not even selling electronics. According to the report, Apple Story and Fun Zone make their money selling knockoff Apple accessories.

Apple has filed a pair of trademark infringement lawsuits against the two stores for selling counterfeit iPod, iPhone and iPad cases, along with white earbud-style headphones bearing Apple’s logo.

“Defendants are trading on and receiving the benefit of the goodwill Apple has established in the Apple trademarks through considerable labor and expense over many years.”

Not only is the Cupertino company looking to destroy the counterfeit products, they’re also hoping to force Apple Story to change its name. They don’t want customers to confuse the shop with true Apple Stores.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a company ripped-off as much as the Mac-makers. You don’t see fake Microsoft stores popping up everywhere. What is it about Apple that attracts the impostors? High prices? The well-known brand name?

[AllThingsD]

  • Apple Story……. That’s Cute!

    I’d bet a dollar-to-a-donut that an Asian owns these knock-off stores.

    Anyone want to take me up on that bet??? 😀

    • AT0M!X

      Me
      And i add in this that was one of the China ones.

    • iChukau

      I’ve actually been there and got a (probably fake) blade bumper, and yes it is owned by Asians. its in Flushing NY which is like a Chinatown

  • Lol I’m not saying anything haha 🙂

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  • Ethan

    I’m sure the owner is Chinese. There…I said it.

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  • Ronnie

    I have been to Apple Story few times. Its located in “New World Mall” in Flushing, Queens New York.
    They only sell really flimsy cases.

    This is a very dense Asian market area. So it is owned by Asians.

    Its know, that Old Navy broke there lease agreement early to get out of this once good mall(was good 10 years ago maybe). I am guessing Old Navy could not afford to be in a mall full of counterfeit items. There’s was even a store in there called “BloomingGals”

    At first glace I had mistaken “Apple Story” for an Apple Store. but just for a split second. It would really only fool someone that’s never seen a real Apple Store ever before. its only 800 square feet and wall to wall cases.

  • Leon

    Ohh come on Apple, even tho this helps by selling more iDevices… but of course I will never trust to any Apple Store unless I see the address of that store on apple.com, lolz

    ^_^

    • Leon

      one more thing… how I can put a picture over here ▼
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  • Rick

    Solution = Move to a market stall and coninue selling their products!

  • Jason Masters

    Asians clone everything lol this was a great piece especially the people that have been there lol I almost bought a white iPhone off of you guessed it an Asian it looked so real till I pressed hard on the back and it cracked!! I gave it back and said good luck selling that fake iPhone he tried to go Kung Fu on me I walked away laughing and saying never buy electronics from Asians ever ever again lol!